Careers and Industry
Dartmouth MEM graduates have a strong track record of obtaining well compensated positions in their chosen fields with potential for higher level managerial and leadership positions thereafter. Specifically, 97% of the class of 2016 secured full-time employment within 6 months of graduation. Entry-level salaries are significantly higher (by about 40%) than those of graduates with a BS degree in engineering. Starting salaries of the 2016 class graduates were:
- 75th percentile: $85,000
- Average: $78,300
- 25th percentile: $70,000
Engineering BS median from the 2012 Engineering Income and Salary Survey from ASCE/ASME
Ten years out, the Dartmouth MEM degree holder enjoys a compensation that rivals or exceeds that of an MBA degree holder with the same seniority.
Recent MEM graduates are working in a variety of positions and companies:
- Career Placement, MEM Class of 2016 (PDF)
- Career Placement, MEM Class of 2015 (PDF)
- Career Placement, MEM Class of 2014 (PDF)
Career Placement by Industry
Career Placement by Function
* Other includes entrepreneurial activities, military services, and continuing education
Graduates report that certain skills are key to success:
- problem solving
- communication and presentation
- leadership and organization
MEM students practice these skills in their coursework and in the MEM internship. Some courses use case histories to provide insight into how these skills work in a range of industrial situations.
"The MEM has provided me with a unique cornerstone for my career. It has opened numerous doors and allowed me to pursue many varied interests from general management consulting in a variety of industries to venture capital investing in early stage, high tech start-up companies. My uniquely broad engineering education combined with the essential business principles taught during the course of the MEM program have been invaluable resources in evaluating the technical feasibility of new ideas, determining the extent to which it is possible to transform these ideas into marketable products, and identifying opportunities within the marketplace that will foster successful growth of new companies."
—Jessica Duda, MEM '99, Project Director, Third Rock Ventures
Hear what our students have to say about the MEM program:
Read how the MEM program prepared other MEM graduates for their careers and technology ventures.
The skills acquired during the MEM program are a strong foundation for a successful career as an engineering program manager:
Find out more about the skills gained during the MEM program as employers of MEM students discuss why they hire MEMs.
As a capstone experience, students complete an industry internship during which they take on a project in the framework of ENGG 390: Master of Engineering Management Project. The internship takes place at an industry sponsor's company and may focus on engineering or management or both. During the internship, students gain experience managing a real-world project and applying engineering problem-solving skills while working in an industrial context. Since students are both working with the sponsor and gaining credit for the course in their program, they must satisfy multiple needs and requirements during the internship. Upon returning to Dartmouth, students present the results of their internship project to a professional review board.
Recent internship placements demonstrate the range of options for the MEM student:
Hear MEM students describe their internships:
Interaction with industry is a critical part of the MEM degree program. Students have a number of opportunities to develop relationships with professional managers and engineers in industry.
MEM students can tap the expertise of the Corporate Collaboration Council to help them in a number of ways. Each student is mentored individually by a member of the Council who advises on career options and preparation, assists with networking, and facilitates the internship and job search.
MEM students can find career counseling and career-related resources at Thayer School's Career Services office. The Alumni Network is a good resource for a student's initial job search as well as for their lifelong career path.
Students can be mentored by engineering or business school faculty as well as members of the Corporate Collaboration Council.